About Us & Contact


The Real Thing is a family-run business first created in 1982 by Catherine Robinson. After having worked in a traditional jewellers, Catherine realised that there was demand for jewellery made from “The Real Thing” (real semi precious gemstones) without it costing the Earth. Having spotted this gap in the market she taught herself how to thread and started hiring tables at craft fairs to sell her “creations”.

From here, Catherine's husband Mark joined the business, then they decided to expand by visiting jewellery manufacturers across the country, Europe and the far East and buying jewellery which they considered to be unique yet affordable.

Catherine & Mark's daughter Josie has now also joined the business, working between the two shops, helping to buy in new designs and build our social-media presence. The rest is history, leading to today where we have 2 well established retail shops based in Cheshire with a loyal returning customer base.


We specialise in sourcing and retailing evocative jewellery. We have built the business on the premise that we want our customers to feel they have purchased the perfect gift. Our customers enjoy telling us that the presents they bought from us previously “went down well” with the recipient and what’s more they have seen the gifts being worn many times since…The Real proof of the pudding!

Our shop in Sandbach faces the historic Celtic crosses overlooking a picturesque cobbled square whilst our Nantwich branch incorporates a specialist gift shop (Magpie Gifts) which dovetails with our jewellery offering unusual presents for all members of the family. 


Contact us using the form below or use the following details:

Sandbach- 01270 759416

3 The Square, Sandbach, CW11 1AP

Nantwich- 01270 910281

44-46 Hospital Street, Nantwich, CW5 5RP

Email: info@keepitrealthing.co.uk

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If you have any questions with regards to our stock or engravings please send us an email using the contact boxes below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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